Darleigh is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Darleigh family lived in Derbyshire
. They were originally from Erle in Calvados, Normandy
, and it is from the local
form of this name, D'Erle, which means, from Erle, that their name derives.
Early Origins of the Darleigh family
The surname Darleigh was first found in Derbyshire
at Darley, a parish, in the union of Bakewell, partly in the hundred
of Wirksworth. Darley Abbey is a historic mill village, now a suburb of the city of Derby and Darley Dale, also known simply as Darley, is a town and civil parish. Darley Dale dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Dereleie. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Darley Abbey was an Augustinian monastery that dates back to the 12th century when it was first listed as Derega. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
In the parish of Lastingham, in the North Riding of Yorkshire
, the Darley family have been lords of the manor there for a considerable time.
Early History of the Darleigh family
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Darleigh Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Darleigh has been recorded under many different variations, including Darley, Darleigh, Darligh, Darly and others.
Early Notables of the Darleigh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Darleigh family to Ireland
Some of the Darleigh family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Darleigh family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Darleighs were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: James Darley who settled in Maryland in 1738; Richard and William Darley arrived in Philadelphia in 1854; John and William arrived in Philadelphia in 1798.
The Darleigh Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Per mare
Motto Translation: By sea.